On Friday, tech giant Apple released an iOS app and website that allows users to screen themselves for coronavirus symptoms, marking another response to the pandemic by a major tech platform.
The app and website were developed in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as the White House’s Coronavirus Task Force and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Both include information and questionnaire about the novel coronavirus.
The COVID-19 app and website allow users to answer a series of questions around risk factors, recent exposure and symptoms for themselves or a loved one.
In turn, they will receive CDC recommendations on what to do next, including guidance on self-isolating and social distancing, how to closely monitor symptoms, whether or not a test is recommended at this time, and when to contact a medical provider.
Customers across the US may also ask Siri, “How do I know if I have coronavirus?” to access guidance and resources from the CDC and a curated collection of telehealth apps available on the App Store.
This week, travelers landing at select international airports throughout the US started receiving notifications on their iPhone to remind them of current CDC guidance to stay home and monitor their health.
This new screening tool is designed to be a resource for individuals and does not replace instructions from healthcare providers or guidance from state and local health authorities.
Friday’s announcement follows statements by CEO Tim Cook that Apple will be donating 10 million face masks across Europe and the United States.
“Our ops teams are helping to find and purchase masks from our supply chain in coordination with governments around the world,” Cook tweeted this week.